Anthony Lynn: Tyrod Taylor’s starting it off, but it’s a competition

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Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said early this month that Tyrod Taylor is in the driver’s seat when it comes to the starting quarterback job, but that nothing was finalized on the depth chart.

The depth chart changed significantly last Thursday. That’s when the Chargers made former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert the sixth overall pick of this year’s draft and, assuming all works out as hoped, their quarterback of the future.

It could also open the door to Herbert becoming the quarterback of the present. Lynn told Albert Breer of SI.com that Taylor remains in the No. 1 spot, but that he’s not ruling out anything once the players got on the field.

“We’re going into this thing: Day 1, Tyrod Taylor’s going to be starting it off,” Lynn said. “He’s earned that right. His teammates respect the hell out of him, he’s a leader on this football team. Our young quarterback’s gonna learn a lot from Tyrod Taylor. Tyrod Taylor’s one of the most respected players on our team, and he doesn’t say a whole lot either. . . . [But] it’s a competition, bro. There’s a competition at every position, not just this one. I can’t just say Tyrod’s gonna be the starting quarterback for the whole year if this young man goes in there and wins the job.”

The circumstances of this offseason may work against Herbert’s chances of pushing Taylor aside at any point in the near future, but the Chargers didn’t use such a high pick on a player they think is incapable of handling the job.

16 responses to “Anthony Lynn: Tyrod Taylor’s starting it off, but it’s a competition

  1. And if you say Tyrold Taylor’s name one more time you might believe it yourself Mr. Lynn….

    I joke. I wish all teams took the approach of best player on the field rather than going through strange and familiar narratives of about “he’s my starter”. This is a business, and the business is winning. I don’t care what you’ve “done” for me. I care what you can “do” for me.

  2. The only thing working in Taylor’s favor is the reduced or no off season OTAs. I watched him in buffalo for years. And the one thing I can say for certain is that he is not an NFL starting QB. A backcup at best. His best asset is his ability to run. And that is exciting. But he doesn’t see the whole field, is very hesitant to throw over the middle and uses his check downs way too much. He won’t throw a pass when the receiver only has a step or two on the defender. So many times I could see receivers running wide open on tv and he didn’t see them. Very frustrating. His days are numbered until Herbert gets enough time in the system.

  3. jkossrt says:
    April 27, 2020 at 8:25 am
    The only thing working in Taylor’s favor is the reduced or no off season OTAs. I watched him in buffalo for years. And the one thing I can say for certain is that he is not an NFL starting QB. A backcup at best. His best asset is his ability to run.
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    It sounds like your talking about Josh Allen.

  4. Taylor’s a solid pro. He’s the ultimate bridge quarterback. Nothing more, nothing less.
    Sure is heck a lot worse gigs in the world.

  5. Tyrod “starting it off” is like starting a race with a nerf gun as a starting pistol.

  6. Good long ball thrower. Cant see over the middle to make the mid range throws. One of best running QB’s in the league.

  7. Chargers O Line is going to be a big problem. Better off putting Tyrod Taylor back there to start and absorb some of those hits. His mobility will help some but I dont think anyone believes he is going to hold the job for a full season, maybe not even half. At least give Herbert a chance to see the game speed, learn the playbook and watch the game a little from the sideline, especially with this offseason. At least then he wont be as overwhelmed … but that O Line will be a season long problem. Nothing was done thru the draft, not much in free agency either, suffer a few injuries along the way and its gonna be waiver wire guards and tackles starting.

  8. I really think Herbert would benefit from studying for a year. Herbert came from the furthest thing from a pro offense and hasn’t had to read defenses consistently. He’s not the type of plug and play QB you’ll see from Burrow and even Tua if healthy. I think Tyrod is a decent stop gap. Chargers are probably looking at 7-9 wins.

  9. I loved having Tyrod in Buffalo and actually thought all he needed was better receivers…. when we had Watkins, Woods, Hogan and Goodwin.

    This guy will not throw to the middle of the field. Which makes it extremely easy to defend against him. He can keep your team out of bad situations but he will never be able to cut up a defense.

    I feel bad for the guy because he handles himself like a professional, keeps his head down and works his butt off. He has obvious limitations at the position.

  10. I still cannot believe the LA Chargers decided to draft Justin Herbert 6th overall in the NFL Draft. I hope Herbert works out for the Chargers and becomes a good NFL QB but I just would not of drafted him as I just don’t think he’s ready. Herbert forces everything, Herbert doesn’t throw with touch/timing or anticipation. If you look at Justin Herbert games tape from the time he was Freshman until last year he didn’t get any better at all, Herbert was still making the same mistakes. Last year Herbert was still making the same mistakes he was making as a true freshman which is about as big of a RED Flag as there is for an NFL QB Prospect , as it means he’s not learning from or cannot correct his mistakes. In terms of Herberts NFL compa he reminds me A WHOLE LOT of 2018 1st round pick Josh Allen. Both are big 6″5-6″6 240-250pd QB’s with absolute cannon’s for right arms though Herbert is more naturally accurate than Josh Allen is which is still a big issue for Allen. Both are mobile with some speed who can run you over to with Herbert running a 4.68 40 and Josh Allen running a 4.76 40 time .
    I’d rather have QB Justin Herbert over Bills QB Josh Allen as Herbert is just as gifted athletically but Herbert is the better natural passer and is much more accurate throwing intermediate/deep and throws with much more touch w/ much better control of his passes than Allen has. Herbert like Allen was is a boom or bust prospect but with right coaching could be a good above average NFL QB.

    Hopefully QB Justin Herbert works out for the Chargers there are just some aspects to his game both mentally and physically that really make me weary of Herbert and scares me a bit. Hopefully the Chargers sit him his 1st season and let him develop as Herbert is a guy who needs it and who could benefit massively from redshirting year 1, at least 10-12 games of his 1st season. Herbert needs to be brought along slowly but in a year or two from now he could be an excellent NFL QB that hovers just outside the top 10.

  11. Oh I see, so when you’ve been telling us and poor Tyrod the past 3 months how he’s the starter and it’s all on his hands, and then proceeded to use your first draft pick, #6 no less, to take a QB, you weren’t just blowing smoke? whew what a relief that he gets to start it off after all. While #6 is awfully high for our long-term backup at least you’re a man of your word!

  12. joetoronto says:
    April 27, 2020 at 8:48 am
    jkossrt says:
    April 27, 2020 at 8:25 am
    The only thing working in Taylor’s favor is the reduced or no off season OTAs. I watched him in buffalo for years. And the one thing I can say for certain is that he is not an NFL starting QB. A backcup at best. His best asset is his ability to run.
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    It sounds like your talking about Josh Allen.

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    I know how you like to hate on the Bills, but Josh Allen entering only his 3rd season is already a better QB than Taylor will ever be. If there is a season this year he will prove it.

  13. This team needs to think about trying to run something similar to the Ravens, maybe with a few more RPOs. Both Taylor and Herbert can run, so they have the skill set at QB to go that route.

  14. Tyrod great teammate, good backup, so-so quarterback. He does throw a nice long ball and can fill in and give a team not prepared for him fits. Can’t and won’t throw over the middle. Fun to watch scramble. Stats always look ok, but film shows what he leaves on the field. Better than Carr, but I mean most are.

  15. Go and get Csm already! Taylor to back up and Herbert to take a seat and learn for a yesr or two.

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